Pacers' Augustin, a starter in Charlotte, adjusting to role as reserve point guard


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INDIANAPOLIS

The starter’s mentality D.J. Augustin arrived here with in July is no accident.

In the 282 games Augustin played in during four seasons as a Charlotte Bobcat, slightly more than half earned the 6-foot guard a spotlight introduction before home games. The percentage jumps drastically when factoring

in Augustin’s stellar high school basketball career and his two seasons as a Texas Longhorn.

Sitting has never been Augustin’s strong suit. However, as a member of a playoff-bound franchise for the first time in his NBA career, Augustin even having passed the midpoint of the 82-game regular season continues to grow into his new role.

“It’s been different. It’s been an adjustment,” said Augustin, who has come off the bench to spare either George Hill or Paul George in 41 of Indiana’s 49 games. “But I’m playing for a winning organization. The atmosphere is different. Home games are pretty intense, and the fans are really into it.”

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